Five members of the travelling community who were involved in a mass brawl at a halting site on the outskirts of the city have been warned such behaviour will not be tolerated in future.
Danny Connors Snr, aged 44, Thomas Connors, aged 21, Danny Connors Jnr, aged 21, Edward (Young Ned) Connors, aged 23 and Danny (Sunny) Connors, aged 20 all admitted engaging in violent disorder at Clondrinagh Park Halting site in the early hours of April 8, 2010.
During a sentencing hearing Garda Brian Murphy said he was alerted to a disturbance at around 3am and that when he and a colleague arrive they encountered “two antagonistic groups of people” on the roadway through the halting site.
He said Edward Connors was on the ground having sustained a cut to his ear and that he observed Thomas Connors and Danny ‘Sunny’ Connors attacking each other with slash hooks. Danny ‘Sunny’ Connors, he said, sustained a cut to his arm which required a number of stitches.
A number of other people, including several women, were also present on the night.
“There were numerous threats being shouted back and forth,” said Garda Murphy who added that around a dozen gardai, including members of the armed regional support unit provided assistance on the night.
Judge Tom O’Donnell was told the incident was connected to a long-standing dispute between two brothers who live side-by-side in the halting site.
“You have two grumpy brothers not really speaking but kind speaking to each other,” said Brian McInerney BL, representing Edward Connors.
Garda Murphy agreed that a number of the “younger” members of the Connors extended family are no longer living at the halting site and that their departure has “removed a lot of tension” and that there have no further incidents yet.
Lawyers representing each of the defendants said their clients had cooperated with the garda investigation and had made admissions in relation to their role in the incident. IT was also submitted that the brawl was spontaneous and out of a “misguided sense of family loyalty” rather than premeditated.
Judge O’Donnell described the incident as an “appalling performance to say the least” and he said it could be have much more serious but for the intervention of gardai.
Noting the time delay since the incident and the fact that there have been no further incidents, he adjourned the case for review in twelve months time.